We Love What We Do
At all levels of performance and training, professional veterinary care and personal attention to your equine athlete is important to achieve your goals. Dr. Nostrant, Dr. Shen, and the North Bridge Equine team have exceptional knowledge of equine sports medicine and the ability to diagnose and treat complex lameness issues.
Our doctors provide comprehensive veterinary care to the elite equine athlete, previous athletes now enjoying their golden years, and well loved companion horses. We are a compassionate and progressive veterinary practice that provides high-quality, personalized veterinary care.
Let us be part of your team and bring out your horse's full potential!
Fred Nostrant, DVM
Dr. Fred Nostrant grew up on a farm in northern California where he was involved in 4-H and his family’s Quarter horse breeding operation. He became interested in equine veterinary medicine during his college years at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Dr. Nostrant graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and then completed an internship at an elite sport horse practice in Connecticutt where he focused on lameness and general medicine.Dr. Nostrant started North Bridge Equine to focus on his interest in the diagnosis and treatment of complex lameness issues in the equine athlete and help both horse and rider meet their performance goals.
Dr. Nostrant lives on a horse farm in Concord Massachusetts with his wife, Erin Renfroe, who is an accomplished upper level Eventing rider and trainer. Along with their 8 horses on the farm they have four dogs and 2 cats. Erin spends her winters training in Aiken, SC and Fred travels back and forth to Aiken in the winter to work on horses and do some riding himself.
Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Nostrant enjoys spending time on his tractor tending to the farm and camping in his 1972 Volkswagon Pop-Top Bus with Erin and their dogs.
Stephanie Shen, DVM
Dr. Stephanie Shen grew up in western Massachusetts and was bitten by the horse bug at an early age. As a junior she rode hunters and jumpers locally and then spent 10 years involved exclusively with Morgans and Saddlebreds. She completed her undergraduate studies at Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts. She then moved on Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary medicine, where she graduated with excellence in equine medicine. Following graduation she completed an intensive, rotating internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey where she was exposed to a high and varied caseload of both medical, surgical, and sports medicine cases. Dr. Shen then worked for five years as an associate at a well-respected, private equine practice in bucolic Bucks County Pennsylvania. The practice focused on sports medicine and exceptional ambulatory care.
Dr. Shen has an interest in sports medicine and integrative care of the equine athlete. She completed her acupuncture training at the renowned Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida and has particular interest in ophthalmology. Dr. Shen is excited to be back in the New England area close to family. She looks forward to meeting the horses of North Bridge Equine and helping their people fulfill their goals. She is also wicked excited to say “wicked” without being heckled!
Kari Ameer, Veterinary Technician
Kari Ameer is our exceptional veterinary technician and she is the voice behind the phone. Kari is often your first point of contact with North Bridge Equine and she is eager to assist you with all your equine needs.
Whether helping the doctors on farm calls with her exceptional horsemanship skills or assisting you with scheduling an appointment, Kari is the wheels that keeps this bus rolling! Kari was born and raised in Hampton, Connecticut. She began taking riding lessons at the age of 13. She began to work at the barn to pay for more lessons and gain more horse knowledge. This was the theme all through high school and college. She earned her bachelors of science from The University of Connecticut in 2002 worked as an equine veterinary technician for ten years prior to expanding into practice management at North Bridge Equine. She owns one horse who is loved and doted on by her parents in the family's backyard, along with two dogs, and three cats.
Julia Grella, Veterinary Technician
Julia is the newest addition to the NBEA team. She is our bright, enthusiastic assistant who can be found, most days, helping Dr. Shen with her daily rounds. She also assists Kari in the office and Dr. Fred out on the roads some days. She is in charge of our social media presence so keep up to date with her Facebook and Instagram posts!
Julia was born and raised in Franklin MA. She started her riding career at the age of 5 and continues to pursue her competitive riding today. Julia graduated with honors from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 with a dual degree in Political Science and Justice Studies. Since graduating, she has worked in Social Media Marketing in addition to pursuing her goals as an equestrian. She is a two time nationally ranked rider in intercollegiate dressage and by the USEA in 2016. Julia has lifelong equine experience and is excited to continue working with horses and their owners.
Penny, Top Dog
One of Penny's favorite activities to do is to guard the truck.
Maddie, Other Top Dog
Maddie enjoys meeting new friends who come and visit them at the truck.